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Independent Scholar Alice Jarrard to Present "Baroque Opera and Architectural Marvel" at the Clark February 14

For Immediate Release

January 25, 2006

The Research and Academic Program of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute begins its spring series of free lectures by Clark Fellows on February 14. At the first lecture Alice Jarrard will discuss “Baroque Opera and Architectural Marvel.”  The public is welcome to attend Clark Lectures, during which visiting scholars present recent research to the academic community. The series is offered on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Clark cafe.  Lectures are followed by questions, and accompanied by refreshments.

Jarrard, an independent scholar, is the author of Architecture as Performance in Seventeenth-Century Europe (2003), and of numerous articles and chapters focusing on court theatre, ritual, and spectacle in France and Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries.  While at the Clark, Jarrard will be completing her book manuscript, Baroque Theater: Architecture and the Technology of Marvel

In 17th and 18th century Italy and France, the genre of opera became a laboratory for architectural creation. By examining the aesthetic of marvel and the technological means designed to inspire it, Jarrard's February 14 talk explores opera's crucial role in educating new publics about art and architecture.

Charles Musser, of Yale University, will give the next Clark Fellow lecture, “May Irwin’s Kiss: Film and Initial Transformations of Culture” on February 28.

The Clark announced 14 Clark Fellows for the 2005-2006 academic year. Fellowships are awarded to national and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals whose work extends and enhances the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.  The program encourages a critical commitment to research in the theory, history, and interpretation of works from all periods and genres. Fellows present public lectures about recent research during their residency. 

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August).  Admission is free November through May.  Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID.  For information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.




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